Clinical fraud is common

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.6999.262a (Published 22 July 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:262
  1. Vicky Rippere
  1. Retired lecturer in clinical psychology London WC1H 9DR

    EDITOR,--Britain's lax approach to scientific fraud1 is not an isolated phenomenon but exemplifies its endemic disregard for the veracity of medical discourse generally; this disregard is largely condoned by institutions. Clinical correspondence and case notes commonly display an apparent indifference, sometimes amounting to recklessness, about the accuracy of information represented as fact and the substainability of expressed opinion.

    Fraud is fraud whether it consists of inventing research subjects and data or, for example, garbling a …

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